Albert DeGenova is an award-winning poet, writer, editor and publisher. He is the author of four books of poetry, and for the past 30-plus years has worked as a journalist and marketing communications professional. Albert holds a Master of Fine Art degree in writing and now leads the annual Norbert Blei Writing Workshop at The Clearing Folk School. He is also a blues saxophonist and a one-time contributing editor to Down Beat magazine. Al will be teaching two classes for Write On this spring: “The Poetic Moment” on Saturday, April 4, and “Prose Poem or Flash Fiction” on Saturday, June 4.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Al about his April class.
How did you become involved with Write On?
I’ve been connected to the Door County writing community for quite some time, primarily through Norbert Blei’s classes. Over the years I’ve become friends with a number of poets and writers in the County and I was aware of WriteOn from it’s inception. I did not become actively involved with WriteOn, however, until the dedication of the Coop, Norb Blei’s writing sanctuary which now rests on the WriteOn property.
What can people taking your workshop “The Poetic Moment” expect?
The workshop will explore poetry and poetic techniques that can be applied to writing poetry or prose. We will begin with a discussion of haiku in the context of the “ah-ha” moment, the poetic moment when truths can be seen in the smallest observations. A variety of in-class writing prompts will let students probe for the inner poetry that hides just waiting for the moment to take shape through words.
What advice you can give to aspiring Write On writers?
Everyone has a story to tell and that story is important because it is your story. No matter what shape your story takes (poetry, prose, letters, whatever), it is all yours. Write it!